Hot Shrimp Creamy Cheese Dip and Friday Faves

by heidi on November 8, 2013

I’m finishing up my unofficial, undeclared week of delicious cream cheese dips with just one more cheesy wonder: Hot Shrimp Creamy Cheese Dip.

Shrimp Scampi Dip |

While I’ve been slathering my Smoked Salmon Spread on bagel crisps, and dipping chips into this Porter Caramelized Onion Dip (check out the cookbook giveaway that features it), I figured what better time than this very moment to break out a Hot Shrimp Creamy Cheese Dip.

Because I haven’t broken into the crackers yet!

Click here to get my Hot Shrimp Creamy Cheese Dip.


So speaking of potato chips, Kristen was talking about the new Lay’s Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips on Facebook and people were going nuts!

Then yesterday at Target, there was more dip drama, I mean besides the newsstands creeping out on Chloe taking back Lamar.

When I was at Target—at 9 a.m.—a woman approached a sales associate—at 9 a.m.—and demanded to know why she couldn’t find the new Chocolate Dipped Lays Potato Chips (take a look at this taste test, hmmmm.)

I mean, this woman was UNHAPPY—at 9 a.m.

Apparently she had big plans for the day that involved both salty and sweet and doing a lot of finger licking. She must have been a food blogger.

Food shoppers are funny animals. Which must make food bloggers hilarious, because we’re always at the grocery store.

Case in point. Some of us just can’t seem to be bothered with making a list to take to the store. Yep that’s me.

Who needs a list? Why not  just wing it when I’m making 4 recipes in one day? I mean I’d done most of the shopping throughout the week, I just needed three things to finish things off. I may not be 20 anymore, but I can remember that, right?


don’t be a dork shopper like me, download a free version of the shopping list above


At 8:30 a.m., I was at Smith’s, my usual grocery store, cruising the aisles like a NASCAR driver in the hunt for the championship. At 9 a.m. I slid into Target’s parking for holiday prop shopping, then raced over to HomeGoods to look for what I couldn’t find at Target, and then circled the corner to World Market. I was making good time, striking off my mental list and it was only 10:30 a.m.

Then I remembered I was out of oregano so back to Target I went AGAIN. This time I left with yet another 3 bags (including the cutest desk calender, see my Friday Faves below) and a receipt for $43 because all I needed was OREGANO.

Then home. Where I realized I forgot peanuts. So a quick hustle to Dan’s Market, because it’s closer than Smith’s, but generally costs more coin. Then home AGAIN and the cooking commenced.

Halfway through recipe #2, I couldn’t find the can of Dulce de Leche I KNOW I had (this was not for the recipe with oregano or the peanuts, silly!) So back to Smith’s, because while Dan’s is closer, they only carry the Dulce de Leche at Smith’s. Which is what I discovered juuuuust before I trekked it to Smith’s.

Back home to finish the recipe before I have to pick up Smudge (2:45 p.m. by this time) and what was waiting for me in my pantry?

My can of Dulce de Leche. My head nearly exploded.


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My lesson: Even when you go for just one thing, go ahead and make a list, and check it twice. And check the pantry twice, too. Better yet, have someone ELSE check the pantry.

But enough about my day, how is yours?

Here’s a few Friday Faves to get your weekend moving in the right direction while you eat your bag of Chocolate Dipped Lays Potato Chips.

1. My Smudge is obsessed with the original version of this song. My husband’s partial to the parody. I wonder why….?

2. Soon enough it will be tax time. Ugh. Here’s an app that will help keep track of all of those write-off receipts clogging up your wallet.

3. Oh man, I want my Thanksgiving table to look like this. Hell, I want it to look like this everyday.

4. I check out cookbooks from the library. This is my cookbook of the week I may need to buy. GORGEOUS photos!

5. This…I need –> The greatest secret to productivity that no one is talking about.

6. How to make recipe cards online for the design challenged. Neighbor holiday gift?

 7. Celebrities and their stunt doubles. JLo, your double looks like one pretty hot dude.

8. Another new favorite lippy. I wore it around the store for 15 minutes before I’d buy it. It was still stickalicious.

9. Creamy yolks and wedge salads. Check! See what else is on the list of hottest food trends for 2014.

10. How to write by David Ogilvy. I need to listen to #3: “Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.” I should have heeded that advice in my droning story at the beginning of this post.

11. Since I’m a visual person and have a long to-do list, I really love this DIY wall of goals.

12. This light and airy home office is making me crave an office remodel, although I’d outfit it in gold and black with a yellow or FoodieCrush pink accent. DIY alert, how much do you love those monogrammed chairs!?!?!

13. Layers upon layers deep, this Holiday Cheat Sheet is stuffed with some pretty awesome ideas.

14. Donald Trump might soon be looking her up –> Why I bought an apartment to specifically rent out on Airbnb.

15. I enjoyed this read about the forethinking legend in the kitchen who left us this week. So he’s the reason we’re all eating quinoa!

16. Beer makes you smart. Here’s proof.

17. My favorite L.A. stationery store has designed a line of calendars for Target. I got the black bound with gold accents during my extra $43 shopping spree.

18. How do you make friends IRL when you don’t work in an office and are done hitting the books and bars? The comment section is where the great advice flows.

19. Totally crushing on these recipes that made their way to my screen. The theme? Just totally crave worthy. Please Pin these images if you’d like, but do so after clicking though to the original recipe.


Jen is totally convincing me I could make English Muffins at home. And lookie there, whole wheat to boot thanks to Savory Simple.


Brian is definitely classing it up by calling giving A Thought for Food‘s Pumpkin Potage with Toasted Farro an aristocratic air. I’m not that smart, mine would be ‘soup.’


Gerry took a tour of the Pacific Northwest and came home all tricked out on seafood and cheese in Foodness GraciousBacon Langostino Mac ‘n Cheese. I like the way you think Gerry—and you’ve been Pinned to my Mac ‘n Cheese board. Just like a food sensei voodoo doll.


Naomi may not be craving sweets with her bun in the oven, but that hasn’t stopped her from delivering drop me to my knees dessert inspiration like this Maple Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake at Bakers Royale.

20. Most helpful Tweet of the Week (congrats Twitter on that IPO):
“Baking #pie? Choose a pie plate that is glass or aluminum with an dull finish. Shiny pans cause crusts to become soggy bc they reflect heat.” ~ @GoldMedalFlour



Posted in: appetizers and small bites,cheese,friday faves,meat and seafood,recipes

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

Great list as always! Brian’s potage is AMAZING. Love it. So, so gorgeous. I could eat that along with a couple of homemade english muffins (and mac and cheese!) any day.

Too funny about the can of dulce de leche. Don’t even know how many times something similar has happened to me. Ugh, it’s the worst.


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles November 8, 2013 at 7:20 am

So much good stuff! But especially a HOT shrimp dip and those potato chips, oh my. And I love that grocery list, very similar to one that I use, designed specially for my grocery store’s layout. I’m a dork like that. ;)


Bev @ Bev Cooks November 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

Good. Heavens. I want that dip.


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious November 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

Geez, you just described my grocery store life. It drives my wife up the wall who thinks I should just hit Costco for a month’s worth of groceries. No siree Bob I reply (politely) Thanks for the Mac feature!!


Belinda @themoonblushbaker November 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

chocolate and caramel chips??? what is the world coming to?

Anyway devilish links too, I am so in to that cheese cake


Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet November 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

As always, so many goodies in your Friday Faves, Heidi!
This dip looks fabulous! It’s going to happen soon!
I thought the SNL song was actually pretty funny (I am not usually impressed with their stuff).
Your shopping trip sounds familiar. Add three little kids and that’s why I am terrified of going shopping without a list these days. :)


Kristi November 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

I know I will definitely be on the lookout for the chocolate covered chips, but I don’t think I will be getting mad if a store doesn’t have them. I have a local candy store that carries chocolate covered potato chips and they are dangerous.


Melanie @ Carmel Moments November 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

That dip looks amazing. Perfect for the upcoming holiday table!


Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste November 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

This hot and creamy dip looks spectacular! So perfect for Football Sunday :)


Abby@TheFrostedVegan November 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I completely feel you on the back and forth grocery store situation, I’m always “who needs a list?” and then like “Um yes I need a list”! Happy Friday!


Jen @ Savory Simple November 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for sharing my english muffins, Heidi! You’re the best!


Michelle November 9, 2013 at 5:02 am

I want to eat that dip now. I don’t care if it’s breakfast time! It looks amazing! A must pin!


Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg November 9, 2013 at 7:51 am

Yum! that dip looks delicious!


Carol November 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Every time in tried to go to the shrimp dip recipe I linked to the smoked salmon dip recipe . I tried it on my iPhone and my MACBook ! Is there some way I could obtain this recipe ?


Rachael (Fuji Mama) November 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Ok, see here’s the thing: I make lists, and I even usually remember to take them with me to the grocery store. But still end up going back three million times because somehow I forgot something on the list (even though I cross things out as I put them in my cart), or I get home and think of something that never made it on to the list, or… I’m a special kind of special, let me tell you.


Elegant Themes November 11, 2013 at 2:07 am

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but
after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
Anyway, just wanted to say wonderful blog!


Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) November 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

Your grocery shopping experience sounds so much like mine. Except I always end up leaving something in the bottom of the cart. So having a list like that would be so helpful! And then, coming home to hot shrimp dip would be like a prize!


Molly (Yes to Yolks) November 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

That dip of yours sounds pretty darn tasty! Definitely going to try that out. That mac and cheese also looks ridiculous. Pinning it! Thanks for sharing :)


JulieO November 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

I make a list and it makes to the store in my pocket….but then I don’t take it out of my pocket for some dam* reason…and then I forget something.


Lauren November 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Can’t. Handle. This. Drooling over here.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

My kind of dip! Jason and I have been on a dip kick ever since football season started, although I don’t even watch the games. And the SNL skit – hilarious! I was dying when I was watching it – love Kerry Washington!


Megan Clark November 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

So happy to find your blog! Thanks again for linking to our free shopping list printable. Muah!


Meg Hobbs November 28, 2013 at 10:24 am

Can’t wait to make the dip. Can you tell me where the swiss cheese crackers in the dip photo are from? Thanks.


Brady June 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine.
Please let me know where you got your theme. Kudos


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